In a match that lasted 50 minutes, Praneeth punched way above his weight as he eked out a 24-22, 22-20 win over three-time champion and second seed Lee Chong Wei in a men's singles match late last night.

He will next take on Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, ranked 26th in the world. The Indian had retired midway in their only meeting in 2013 French Open.

Besides, ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma too entered the second round of the USD 550,000 tournament at the Barclaycard Arena here.

World No. 2 Saina, who is making a comeback after a long injury lay-off, dispatched Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Li of Canada 21-17, 21-12 to set up a clash with Thailand's Busanan Ongbumrungphan.

World No. 10 Srikanth too showed the door to England's Rajiv Ouseph, a silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 21-17, 21-12. The Guntur lad will meet Japan's Kento Momota, seeded fourth, here.

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